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Old December 9th, 2011, 03:23 PM   #4
Pierre Galafassi
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 87

Hi Filiberto,
So, Frances already had stated that «Mamluk rug» is a misnomer? But how comes? Fantasy names are such a rare occurence in Rugdom.

Quote: “fifteen European paintings… that depict identifiable Mamluk-style carpets from Cairo”
I agree. Indeed, several «Mamluk» rugs are probably missing in our painting data base. However, I do claim extenuating circumstances: the lack of contrast of these rugs does not make their identification easy on pictures.

In Da Brescia’s «Daughters of House of Martinengo, 1543-1546», one can note an interesting point:
Many (most?) extant «Mamluk» rugs show a dominant «lac» red shade. See for example FIG 1 (15th century, Thyssen Bornmisza collection) and FIG 2.



But in the six Martinengo rugs a reddish-brown shade dominates (FIG 3). Perhaps these rugs were made on order, (the 6 rugs are very similar) and Sig. Martinengo influenced the choice of the shade. Or Da Brescia’s red pigment was poor.

FIG 3. M. da Brescia. 1543-1546. Daughters of the House of Martinengo. Brescia.

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